Our Executive Director, Joe DeMuro, resides at one of the properties, but is responsible for the structure, accountability and continuity of all five properties. He lives alongside the men, providing 24/7 access to anyone in need. He, himself, is in recovery and has a strong personal connection to the recovery community. His passion and dedication is evident in his commitment to the men of Emmaus House.

We also have a diverse working board, all of whom take a very hands-on approach to serving Emmaus House.

STAFF

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JOE DEMURO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Joe has an Associates degree in Social Services from Middlesex County College and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Montclair University. Joe has experience working with runaways, emotionally disturbed individuals, mentally challenged individuals and autistic individuals. Joe also has experience working in residential treatment and is a NC certified Peer Support Specialist. Joe joined Emmaus House in 2011.

OFFICERS

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JOHN WARE

CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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John is a Wealth Advisor with First National Bank and has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years as an Institutional Equity Trader and Wealth Advisor. He is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in management economics. John, his wife Shannon and daughter Georgeanne are active members of Christ Episcopal Church. He started volunteering for recovery centers over 10 years ago. He is an avid runner and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Raleigh. Former board positions include Back On My Feet (Baltimore), Open Door Mission (Houston) and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (Houston). John joined the Board in 2017.

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JERRY SAYRE

VICE CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Jerry has practiced law in North Carolina since 2004 and is currently employed with Ward and Smith where he focuses on employment law. He has a degree from John Carroll University and a law degree from Ohio State University. Jerry has been active in the Great Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of the Wake County Community Foundation and is a member and former treasurer of the Rotary Club of Raleigh. He and wife, Mandy, have a four-year-old daughter, Eloise. Jerry joined the Board in 2013.

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BOB CATO

SECRETARY, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Bob is a retired electronic engineer who worked at IBM on the hardware design of point-of-sale systems and in-patent engineering. IBM patented 60 of his ideas. Bob and his wife have a grown daughter and have been responsible for the care and management of family members with Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness for many years. In the mid-to-late 1980’s, when homeless men slept in different churches, he worked on homeless issues in Raleigh. He is a member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church where he volunteers with the youth on Wednesday nights, at retreats and at summer camp. He enjoys boating and saltwater fishing. Bob joined the Board in 2016.

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NICK BUTTERLY

TREASURER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Nick attended Elon University and has worked in public accounting with Thomas, Judy & Tucker since 2014. Nick is an audit manager and specializes in non-profits, earning his CPA license in 2016. Nick and his wife live in Raleigh and are active in the community. Nick joined the board in 2019.

BOARD MEMBERS

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ROBBY BLYTH

BOARD MEMBER
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Robby moved to Raleigh in 2004 from Boone, NC where he graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Construction Technology. Over the past nine years he has worked as a Project Manager with Greg Paul Builders. While there he has completed over 50 renovation, restoration and new construction projects, including work on several historically significant structures. He is a LEED Accredited Professional as well as a licensed General Contractor in the state of North Carolina. Robby lives in downtown Raleigh with his wife, Rebecca, their two-year-old daughter, Isla, and dog, Boone.  Robby joined the Board in 2016.

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ROBBY BRINLEY

BOARD MEMBER
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Robby attended Wingate University and for the past 20 years has worked in his family’s business, Brinley’s Grading Company. He is also co-owner of Lawson Hammocks of Raleigh. He serves as membership chair of the annual Vision Walk for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. He is also an active supporter of the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics and the American Diabetes Association. Robby enjoys outdoor activities as well as the Carolina Hurricanes and NCSU Wolfpack. He participates with his oldest daughter in the Y Guides program at the Alexander Family YMCA. He and his family attend Christ Episcopal Church. Robby joined the Board in 2010.

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KAREN HANELINE

BOARD MEMBER
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Karen earned degrees in Engineering and Computer Science from North Carolina State University and has worked in her professional career primarily in the area of computing support and analysis. Karen lives in Cary with her husband. She is an active member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church and currently works for the church in their Communications Department. Karen has also served as an officer on the board of directors of a local recreational facility. Karen joined the Board in 2014.

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SEAN HILL

BOARD MEMBER
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Sean is a graduate of Clemson University and holds a degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Business Management. Sean worked as a project manager for six years with Holder Construction Company out of Atlanta, Georgia working on projects in Virginia and North Carolina. Sean joined Kane Realty in 2016 as a Construction Manager overseeing large scale office developments including the Bank of America Tower and Allscripts Tower in North Hills and the Dillon Office Tower in Raleigh’s downtown warehouse district. Sean is a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Globes Professional. Sean and his wife, Sarah, have lived in Raleigh since 2014. Sean joined the Board at the end of 2017.

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BRIAN MATTISON

BOARD MEMBER
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Brian is a CPA (inactive) with over 20 years of experience in the professional services industry serving clients of all sizes across multiple industries. Brian joined Deloitte’s Raleigh office in the summer of 2011 and leads Deloitte’s business development and client relationship efforts across the Carolinas. Brian also serves as the Functional Sales Director where he leads a team of 20+ tax sales executives across the country. Prior to joining Deloitte, Brian worked in the accounting and finance consulting industry providing companies with senior-level interim, contract and consulting resources. Brian started his career in Big Four public accounting where he practiced tax for nine years with the last two years as a member of National Tax.

Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is a board member of the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Emmaus House of Raleigh, the Triangle chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, served as Live Auction Chair for the 2015 American Heart Association Triangle Heart Ball, serves on the Programming Committee for the Raleigh/Durham Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council for ActivateGood.  Brian also serves as the State Chair Elect and is on the State Council for North Carolina Ducks Unlimited and as the Treasurer of the Mt. Tabor High School Athletic Board. Brian and his wife, Melissa, live in Winston-Salem with their three children. Brian joined the Board in 2014.

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EILEEN O'RIORDAN

BOARD MEMBER
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Eileen is a consultant with Red Hat Inc. in their Services Division. Born and bred in Ireland, she moved to Raleigh ten years ago. She has a degree in Economics and a Masters in Computer Science from Dublin City University. She also holds both CPA and PMP certifications.

She lives in Cary with her husband, Brian, and their three girls. She is an active member of St. Michaels Youth Ministry in Cary and teaches faith formation. She is very passionate about her culture and heritage and can be found Irish dancing on many evenings. She has been an active volunteer and spent some time in Lesotho working with local communities. Eileen joined the Board in 2018.

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JACOB PARROTT

BOARD MEMBER
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Jacob joined the Board in 2018.

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JANE SMITH

BOARD MEMBER
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Jane graduated from Alfred University with a degree in nursing and has spent the majority of her career working in community mental health. For the past nine years she has worked with homeless men and women in Wake County, first with the Raleigh Rescue Mission and then with Clark’s Promise. This gave Jane the opportunity to work with men and women on the street. She is currently employed by Wake Med as part of their community case management team. Jane joined the Board in 2011.

FOUNDING DIRECTORS

Paul Carr

Larry Highfill

Jim Hutchby